- Posted October 4, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Furlough – Day 3 – What Am I Worth?
Is that what I am really worth to the American Public? If you read the media, listen to many elected officials, or simply stand around the water cooler at the gym you might think so.
But I, and my million plus comrades, many of whom are now sitting at home wondering if they will be able to pay the electric bill at the end of the month, are worth more than that.
How much are we worth?
I am worth the boardwalk you walk along to see geysers spouting, alligators basking, or vast plains of tundra grass blowing.
I am worth the financial sustainability of our banking system, which often requires federal assistance in the form of audit and review.
I am worth the support of every man and woman who has served our country and now seek medical assistance and/or financial support.
I am worth the crew stationed outside your home that saved it from the wildfire burning through the forest.
I am worth the research that may someday bring an end to a form of brain cancer that takes the lives of our children every year.
I am worth the millions of hours of service that the federal government offers retired individuals looking to volunteer.
I am worth every threatened and endangered species in our country, for without my work, our children’s children may never have to chance to see them.
I am worth the highway we drive to see our loved ones every year.
I am worth the search for answers to the galaxy and expeditions into space that may someday offer alternatives to our own planet’s resources.
I am worth the historic site that offers us the chance to stand in the footsteps our country’s founders, explorers, and heroes.
I am worth the alternative energy source tested and offered that will not replace coal or natural gas, but enhance it.
I am worth the thousands of grazing permits issued annually to those souls still creating a living from land like their great grandfather’s did over a century ago.
I am worth every star, stripe, and color on the flag that flies above our offices.
You cannot put a price tag on me.
For without me you would not have the past you cherish, the present you have come to know, or the future you hope for.